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COVID-19 overview

By Adrian 19 Jul 2021

Some simple requirements, requests and recommendations

Pages 8-9 of your accommodation Licence Agreement and pages 10-17 of the Hall Handbook contain essential provisions relating to COVID-19. Both documents are available to download from the page for your hall at halls.london.ac.uk. Please ensure you are familiar with these.

This page explains the expected and recommended behaviours in halls to help keep everyone safe:

You can also read about the Easing Of Coronavirus Restrictions From 19 July.

Your “household”



A household is normally defined as a group of people who share bedroom, bathroom, or food preparation facilities.

A type 1 household in the intercollegiate halls is a clearly defined group of people in self-catered accommodation who share a kitchen; they may also share a bathroom. This type of accommodation is found at Garden Halls (Townhouses & HPT), Eleanor Rosa, House, and Handel Mansions. In a type 1 household, if one person develops symptoms of COVID-19, the entire household must contact quarantine for 14 days or until the person with symptoms receives a negative test result. People in a type 1 household can socialise normally with one another indoors and outdoors, without having to maintain 2m distance, and if the household is larger than six people, they are still allowed to gather socially, provided no one from outside the household joins the gathering. Within the halls, we ask that any type 1 household gatherings of more than six household members take place either inside the flat where the household is based, or outside the halls in a public space.

A type 2 household in the intercollegiate halls is a less well-defined group of people in catered accommodation who are invited to attend dinner at the same time as one another – usually this is one floor or one wing of the building. The rooms in a type 2 household are typically arranged in a traditional halls of residence or hotel layout, with long corridors of bedrooms that open directly onto the corridor. In many cases, members of a type 2 household share a large multi-cubicle “institutional” bathroom; but these households do also include those with en suite rooms. There is no requirement for everyone in the household to contact quarantine if someone develops symptoms of COVID-19. If a household member receives a positive test result for coronavirus, consideration will be given to quarantining the type 2 household following a case-by-case risk assessment; but in many cases, this will not be necessary. People in a type 2 household can socialise indoors and outdoors in groups of up to six people from that same type 2 household. They should attempt, wherever possible, to maintain a distance of 2m from other people, or if 2m distancing is not possible, at least 1m plus other measures such as wearing a face covering.

A type 3 household in the intercollegiate halls is a completely self-contained, self-catered flat where no facilities are shared with other residents. Sometimes this type of accommodation is occupied by couples or families. In a type 3 household, if one person develops symptoms of COVID-19, the entire flat must contact quarantine for 14 days or until the person with symptoms receives a negative test result.

If you become unwell

We hope that you will remain in good health throughout your time in the intercollegiate halls. If you should unfortunately become unwell with symptoms of possible COVID-19, please stay in your room and follow the self-isolation instructions (there are slightly different instructions for Eleanor Rosa House and Handel Mansions). The instructions include details of how you will obtain food, and the circumstances in which you would be allowed to leave your room.

It is essential that you notify us that you are self-isolating.

You should arrange to have a test for coronavirus as soon as possible.

We will need to tell other residents in your household that they must self-quarantine. We will not disclose your name when we do this.

If another hall resident becomes unwell

If a resident in a type 1 or type 3 household has symptoms of coronavirus or a positive test for COVID-19, all members of that household must contact quarantine for 10 days, starting from when the person's symptoms first began. We will ask household members to follow our contact quarantine instructions (which are slightly different for residents at Eleanor Rosa House and Handel Mansions). The resident who is unwell will have a test for COVID-19. If the test is negative, household members can end the period of self-quarantine.

There is no automatic requirement for members of a type 2 household to contact quarantine if one member develops coronavirus.

Regardless of the household type, if a resident has a positive test for COVID-19, our UoL Trace team will identify any close contacts of the person and ask them to follow our contact quarantine instructions (which are slightly different for residents at Eleanor Rosa House and Handel Mansions).

NHS Test and Trace

If you have been in contact with someone who subsequently has a positive coronavirus test, you may receive a call or text from the NHS Test and Trace service. They will tell you to self-isolate for 10 days (in halls, we are calling this contact quarantine, but the NHS will say self-isolation). This is a legal requirement in England.

In hall, you will need to follow our contact quarantine instructions (which are slightly different for residents at Eleanor Rosa House and Handel Mansions).

It is essential that you notify us that you are self-quarantining if NHS Test and Trace have told you to do so.

You can find out more about NHS Test and Trace HERE.

Travelling to the UK

Everyone arriving in England from outside the Common Travel Area (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, and Channel Islands) must:

  1. have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 3 days before departing for England;
  2. book and pay for COVID-19 tests to take after arrival in England (the number of tests and where they may be taken depend on where the person has travelled from);
  3. complete a passenger locator form before arriving at the UK border; and 
  4. follow the red, amber, or green rules relevant to the area where they have travelled from.

If you have travelled from or through a red list country

If you have travelled from or through an amber list country...

… and you have been fully vaccinated by the NHS

You will not have to quarantine, but you will need to complete a passenger locator form and take a coronavirus test before arriving in the UK; and take a PCR test on or before day 2 after arrival in the UK. The government guidance is HERE. You can see how to get your NHS COVID Pass to confirm your vaccination history HERE.

Please note that if you have travelled from or through France in the 10 days prior to arriving in the UK, you must follow the instructions as if you are not fully vaccinated.

… and you have not been fully vaccinated with an NHS vaccine

You must quarantine when you arrive in the UK and take pre-paid PCR tests on days 2 and 8 after arrival. Quarantine normally lasts for 10 full days after you arrive, but there is an option to take an additional, paid-for, "test-to-release" COVID-19 test on day 5 of quarantine.

If you have travelled from a green list country and have not visited any red or amber list countries in the 10 days prior to arrival in the UK

You will not have to quarantine, but you will need to complete a passenger locator form and take a coronavirus test before arriving in the UK; and take a PCR test on or before day 2 after arrival in the UK. The government guidance is HERE.

Quarantine in halls (for arrivals from amber list countries)

If the rules require you to quarantine when you arrive in the UK, you will need to follow our travel quarantine instructions, which are slightly different for residents in catered accommodation and those in self-catered accommodation.

If you are at higher risk from COVID-19

Please see our guidance for vulnerable students.

If you are someone at higher risk from COVID-19 and are planning to move into the Intercollegiate Halls, please get in contact with us to discuss what we can do to help keep you safe. You can email us at info.halls@london.ac.uk.

The NHS website has further information.

Questions and concerns

Please raise any questions or concerns with your Hall Manager or Warden in the first instance. If you still have questions after that discussion, you can contact residential.life@london.ac.uk (please include a brief outline of the prior conversation with your Warden or Hall Manager).

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Adrian is a medical doctor, the Student Health & Wellbeing Manager at the University of London and the Warden of Connaught Hall, where he has lived for almost 25 years.
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